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Take Hydroxychloroquine & Azithromycin


Take Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin

Take Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin

Didier Raoult
French Micobiologist

Didier Raoult's journey
Full Professor - Doctor of Medicine
Specialty: Microbiology, Infectious Diseases, Infectious Diseases
Director of IHU Méditerranée Infection, Marseille France
Aix Marseille University / AP-HM

- Administration and responsibilities
2013> Associate associate professor (King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah)
2011> Creation and management of the “IHHU Méditerranée Infection” Foundation, Marseille
2008-2011 Creation and presidency of the “Infectiopôle Sud” scientific foundation, Marseille.
2002-2003 Advisor to the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Research, Bioterrorism and Infectious Diseases.
2004-2006 Chairman of the scientific committee of the NSB4 laboratory, in Lyon, France.
1994-1999 President of the University of Aix Marseille, Marseille
1993-1994 President of the National Commission for Medical and Surgical Research, France
1991-1994 Creation and management of the research department of the Marseille University Hospital.
1988-2007 Creation and management of the WHO Collaborative Center for Rickettsial Diseases.
1987-2011 Head of the National Reference Center for Rickettsial Diseases - Marseille, France
1984> Creation and management of the Rickettsia Unit (associated with AMU and since 1992 at CNRS, since 2008 at IRD, since 2012 at INSERM

Raoult, who heads the infectious diseases department of the university hospital in Marseille, became widely known to the public inside and outside France by promoting hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for Covid-19 in late February, just before the epidemics were taking off in Europe.

He has proved a divisive figure in media, cultivating a shaggy-haired, anti-establishment persona with a penchant for controversial remarks, claiming in early February the coronavirus was “not so mean” and subsequently assuring there would be no second wave of infection.

Hydroxychloroquine

Raoult’s claims about hydroxychloroquine are derived from two small studies combining the derivative of the chloroquine molecule, used to treat lupus and malaria, with antibiotic azithromycine.

The doctor said in late February the drug was “probably the least expensive and simplest way to treat the coronavirus”.

The claims have met with mixed reviews among scientists and health officials, with some heaping praise on Raoult and others objecting that the molecule’s efficiency has not been proven and that it could engender dangerous side effects.

United States President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro have defended the medication and Trump once declared he was taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventative measure.

French President Emmanuel Macron said he was “convinced [Raoult] is a great scientist” after meeting the doctor in early April and called on rigorous trials of the treatment.

But France banned use of the drug as a treatment for Covid and the World Health Organization (WHO) suspended trials in May, following the publication of a study in medical journal The Lancet that suggested hydroxychloroquine posed risks of heart problems.

But the WHO reversed its decision after experts poured doubt on the findings and the journal withdrew the study when its authors declined to provide its data sets.

Remarks

Raoult has continued defending the treatment in the days leading up to his appearance before the inquiry.

“I treated more than 3,700 patients with this medication, with 0.5 percent mortality and no cardiac toxicity,” he told Le Parisien newspaper in an interview published Tuesday. “What more do you want?”

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